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Blogs in the classroom

  1. 1. Blogs in the Classroom<br />By: Nikki Snodgrass<br />
  2. 2. Articles to be reviewed:<br />The Educated Blogger: Using Weblogs to Promote Literacy in the Classroom<br />Reflections on Using Blogs to Expand In-class Discussion<br />Using Weblongs in the Classroom<br />
  3. 3. The Educated Blogger: Using Weblogs to Promote Literacy in the ClassroomBy: David Huffaker<br />Main Points:<br />~Blogs tend to promote literacy in the classroom.<br />~ Adolescents make up about 51% of bloggers today, so over half are already familiar with the concept.<br />~Blogs are more like storytelling rather than academic writing.<br />~Blogs encourage creativity and self-expression, where as normal writing is more fact based. <br />
  4. 4. Favorite Quote from Article:<br />“Literacy remains paramount in learning, not only for language development, but also as the foundation of all academic disciplines including science and mathematics. Storytelling ignites literacy”<br />This quote pretty much sums up the article. It states that literacy is very important, and a good way to learn literacy is through storytelling. Blogging is a great, personal way to tell stories.<br />
  5. 5. “AH-HA!!”<br />After reading this article, here are a few things I realized:<br />1. <br />Blogging should not only be for English class. They can be used for any subject.<br />2.<br />www.weblogg-ed.com is a really good website that teaches how to use blogs in the classroom.<br />3.<br />Blogs can be used for nonfictional stories as well as fictional stories.<br />
  6. 6. Reflections on Using Blogs to Expand In-classDiscussionBy: Shiang-Kwei Wang and Hui-Yin Hsua<br />Main Points:<br />~ Using blogs in a classroom is helpful because it helps expand the in-class discussions. Sometimes, the class-discussions need to go on, but there just is not time to do so.<br />~Blogs allow everyone to speak their own opinion. This is good for shy students. Blogs allow them to share their thoughts.<br />~Most blogs are free, and are pretty simple to use.<br />
  7. 7. Favorite Quote from Article:<br />“Face-to-face discussions are frequently dominated by only a few participants who determine the topic. Blogs can serve as a strong equalizer that enables participants to raise their comfort levels”<br />I like this quote because I think it is my favorite part about blogging. I was a shy student, and felt like I had a lot of good ideas, but I was always too nervous to talk. This is a great way to get everyone involved.<br />
  8. 8. “AH-HA!!”<br />After reading this article, here are a few things I realized:<br />1. <br />Blogging may cause students to write better because they know everyone will be able to see it.<br />2.<br />When starting to blog in your classroom, remember to provide a lot of instructions so students can overcome technological difficulties. <br />3.<br />Blogging may cause your shy student to become the class leader in discussion.<br />
  9. 9. Using Weblongs in the ClassroomBy: Greg Weiler<br />Main Points:<br />~Blogs can be used as a discussion board or as a personal journal.<br />~ Blogs may also be used as a bulletin board where messages can be posted.<br />~ Students may enjoy writing blogs more than their traditional papers. They may learn to like writing. <br />~ A good site for educational blogging is www.schoolblogs.com<br />
  10. 10. Favorite Quote from Article:<br />“Blogs have been referred to as the Swiss Army websites. Whatever the comparison, there is no doubt that blogs have great potential for educational use.”<br />I think this quote sums up everything. Blogs are not just for writing. They have many uses and are a great addition to any teachers future plans. <br />
  11. 11. “AH-HA!!”<br />After reading this article, here are a few things I realized:<br />1. <br />Blogging allows students to comment on each others work. This allows students to really understand the topics they are dealing with.<br />2.<br />New discussions can easily branch from old blog discussions. This allows students to guide the discussion.<br />3.<br />Blogs can be used as a students electronic portfolio.<br />
  12. 12. Conclusion<br />Blogs can be used for a variety of different things. They can be very helpful for all types of students. Blogs are very user friendly, and a lot of blogs are very cheap or even free!!! When teaching my future students, I will use blogging for some part of my class. <br />

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